“U” is for Urban Dictionary

Ever walk by a group of teenagers (or anybody, really) and hear words that sound like English, but you know can't be, leaving you to wonder, "What the hell are they even talking about?  And get off my lawn, damn kids!"Or ever hear someone use common words in a totally new and unusual way, making their original meaning irrelevant? Or hearing someone use an acronym and wondering if repeating it in front of your boss will get you fired or a promotion? Yeah, it happens to all of us. Enter Urban Dictionary, the every-person's personal Rosetta Stone for slang.  Just type in the word you're curious about (providing you know how to spell it, and have nerves of steel to find out what it actually means), and search. Take nom for instance.  You might have heard someone say they were going to get noms or that they were in the middle of nomming when someone called them.  Curious, you'd just search, and find out...
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“T” is for Technology

Writing technology, you are my friend.  You let me write, research, edit, and communicate with an ease that past writers never knew existed. Let me back up a bit.  Writing technology varies from state-of-the-art to any-idiot-can-use-it.  And I use it all. My least used bits of writing technology are, sadly, the pen and paper, but that's because I have terrible handwriting and waste more time trying to decipher the hieroglyphs on the page that are meant to be English words than proves to be useful.  But, I do use them. I carry a notebook around with me, or at the very least have scrap paper and a (working) pen somewhere within reach so I can jot down notes, a line of dialogue, or a short scene idea and not risk forgetting it later on.  I know some writers also use their phones to record messages to themselves if they don't have paper available.  I know the iPhone and most likely other smart phones have...
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“J” is for Jargon

I was poking around the internets and deciding what to do for my letter "I" for the A-Z Blogging Challenge, when I was hit by the proverbial lightening bolt and decided what my "J" was first.Jargon. The terminology specific to a trade, profession, or group.  Thank you, dictionary.com.  You have enabled me once again by relieving me from leaning over and grabbing my real one."I object!"Most people, myself included, hate it when they're talking to someone, be it a friend or a professional (like a lawyer or doctor), and they won't stop using terms you just don't understand when explaining something.  "All right," you say, fighting the urge to go all ragey on their obviously self-important ass, "could you repeat everything you just said...but in plain English, this time?"In situations like this, jargon is annoying and almost - almost - warrants a facepunch.  Part of me thinks that the person you're talking to is probably so wrapped up in your...
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